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McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.

 

Many of the most successful global companies or brands use highly regional variations that are attuned to local cultural norms and customs.  The McAloo Tikki burger— which uses a spicy, fried potato-based patty — is the Indian McDonald's top seller.

 

Questions to ponder: What are the forces that lead towards an accelaration of human connectivity around the globe?  What are the postive impacts of this increased connectivity?  What are some negative impacts?  Are these impacts the same in all places?  Explain. 

 

Tags: Globalization, food, culture, unit 3 culture and SouthAsia.


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Paige Therien's curator insight, April 24, 12:49 PM

When one thinks about huge brands like McDonalds, very specific food items may come to mind.  These items, like the Big Mac in the United States and other select countries, are very iconic in terms of representation to its consumers and competitors.  However, traveling to a different country would expose one to the fact that the cuisine at a restaurant owned by the same company may be quite different.  McDonalds is a master at globalization because they have created a huge reputation and have a lot of power in the global market.  At the same time, they have tuned in to the local cultures and their values and traditions.  In places like India, this is very neccesary if McDonalds is to maintain a strong market there because a large portion of the population is vegetarian.  Not only would they not enjoy eating a Big Mac, they may be insulted by its presence on the menu and feel generally ignored by the company in terms of their traditions and beliefs.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 29, 6:20 PM

I am impressed that McDonald's knows their clientele so well! This is a company that will last since it is very globally conscious and therefore can open a restaurant in any country.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, November 10, 5:07 PM

McDonald's adjustment to producing a mostly vegetarian menu for locations in India is a smart business move on their part, and once again displays the positive affects of globalization on a company, but may hurt any of the smaller businesses in the area.

 

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Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box | Video on TED.com

The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth.
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▶ Shutdown due to GOP Gerrymandering - YouTube

An investigation traces the Shutdown to the fact the GOP used extensive Gerrymandering to win the House despite receiving over a MILLION (actually THREE mill...
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These maps show where the world’s youngest and oldest people live

These maps show where the world’s youngest and oldest people live | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Does this tell us where the next revolution will take place?
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There is quite a difference in the median age of the MDCs and the LDCs

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Catalan leader to step up independence push as 80% vote to split from Spain

Catalan leader to step up independence push as 80% vote to split from Spain | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Artur Mas says symbolic poll is a ‘lesson in democracy’ and calls for a binding referendum on independence
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More revolutionary action or actual separation?
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Map: The Africa without Ebola

Map: The Africa without Ebola | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A frustrated scientist makes a map to set the record straight.
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Geography education

 

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'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of it

'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of it | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Jake McCormick's phone is unusually silent. October should be a busy time for the safari specialist scheduling holiday getaways, but because of Ebola - almost no one is booking a trip to Africa.
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The picture is sad, but true to nature. The story makes the case for more geography education and more research in factual reporting.  

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Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Track the flows of remittances worldwide in the year 2012 with this interactive.
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Tristram Stuart: Waging War Against Global Food Waste

Tristram Stuart: Waging War Against Global Food Waste | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tristram Stuart wants the world to stop throwing away so much good food.
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As our need for food production grows, we need to do a better job of preventing waste. 

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Globalization in a Nutshell

"The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization changes how people consume, work and live almost everywhere on the world. Today, many economic, political, cultural or ecological relationships are not explainable from a national perspective. At the same time, a controversial debate about the consequences of globalization has begun."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 16, 3:32 PM

This is a good video to explain globalization (although this is my personal favorite), to see that it not just an economic force, but one that touches just about every facet of modern life.
 

Questions to ponder: What are the driving forces behind globalization? What areas are most impacted by globalization?  How does globalization benefit some, and adversely impact others? Why?


Tags: globalization, economic, industry, NGOs, political, scale, unit 6 industry.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 14, 4:24 AM

Globalization in a Nutshell

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Integração seletiva...

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State Borders Were Drawn in the Distant Past. Is It Time to Reimagine Our Map?

State Borders Were Drawn in the Distant Past. Is It Time to Reimagine Our Map? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Every state has one governor and two senators, but, in almost every other way, each state’s human geography is different, often wildly so. New Jersey has 15 times more people than Wyoming, despite being one-tenth its size. You can divide the island of Manhattan in two and the top half...
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Boundaries, population distribution, representation, there are a lot of ways to look at these maps.

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Seeing Seoul: Museums, temples, markets and excellent food

Seeing Seoul: Museums, temples, markets and excellent food | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Exploring the historic and old-fashioned side of Seoul along with the ultra-modern side of the South Korean capital.
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Visiting Seoul is a cultural experience like no other. The food, the smells, the skyscraper buildings beside palaces, and centuries of history and pride in the long and beautiful history of S.Korea. The city (and the country) are surprising to Westerners for their modern, safe, and welcoming atmosphere

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How to reinvent the apartment building

How to reinvent the apartment building | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.
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▶ The crazy shape of politics: gerrymandered districts - YouTube

The GOP scored 33 more seats in the House this election even though Democrats earned a million more votes in House races. Professor Jeremy Mayer says gerryma...
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Washington Post on Gerrymandering

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▶ Gerrymandering: How drawing jagged lines can impact an election - Christina Greer - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/gerrymandering-how-drawing-jagged-lines-can-impact-an-election-christina-greer District lines, and the groups of ...
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Gerrymandering is nothing new. It is used to give one party an advantage over another by redrawing political lines on the map.

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How containerization shaped the modern world - Sir Harold Evans

How containerization shaped the modern world - Sir Harold Evans | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove Malcom McLean, a small-town truck driver, to invent the shipping container. Containerization was born, and it transformed the modern global economy.
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Containerization 

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8 Maps That Will Change the Way You Look at Africa

8 Maps That Will Change the Way You Look at Africa | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Expansion of population and investment on the continent represent both enormous opportunity and potential for crises and injustice.
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Africa, a geography lesson. It is a continent, not a country.  Larger than many expect and full of diversity.

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Disney's Frozen - "Let It Go" Multi-Language Full Sequence - YouTube

On Digital HD Now and Blu-ray 3/18 disney.com/ownfrozen Get the soundtrack now on iTunes: http://di.sn/sH2 Disney's Frozen is the Golden Globe winner for Bes...
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Twenty-five languages in 4 minutes. Great intro or exit to the study of language. Can you identify the family of each language?

 

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Intro to Language

 

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After Hurricane Sandy, New York Rebuilds for the Future

After Hurricane Sandy, New York Rebuilds for the Future | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Rather than aiming for a big fix, like giant storm gates, flood-proofing solutions being tried out in New York are more widespread and humbler, like stone revetments and solar-powered streetlights.
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The roots of Nigeria's religious and ethnic conflict

The roots of Nigeria's religious and ethnic conflict | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Analysis: A British colonial decision brought the northern and southern halves of modern Nigeria together. One hundred years later, they still don't get along.
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Lasting effects of colonialism and shatterbelt effects of religious conflict create economic and political conflict that divide .

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Feeding Our Hungry Planet

"By 2050, the world's population will likely increase 35 percent. But is growing more food the only option—or even the best? National Geographic investigates the challenges and solutions to feeding everyone on our planet, based on an eight-month series in National Geographic magazine.  Visit http://natgeofood.com for ongoing coverage of food issues as we investigate the Future of Food today on World Food Day."

 

Tags: sustainability, agriculture, food production, unit 5 agriculture.


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Population increase is just part of the story. How do we feed everyone? How will we provide for the needs of everyone?  Can the earth sustain the use of her resources and the impact of our growing needs and output. First we must eat. Can we learn to do that wisely? 

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Truthbehere2's curator insight, October 17, 10:30 AM

I think I might as well buy some land and plant my own huge garden for this crap coming up and have a fence around my yard too

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Against the Wall - Promo

Against the Wall - Promo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Post 9/11 there are more walls and political barriers than ever. But do they work?
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Gives an insight into the pros and cons of building walls and how they can change the perceptions  on each side

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Both History and Geography explained in these maps

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Linda Denty's curator insight, August 5, 6:42 PM

As Seth Dixson says, maps only tell a part of a story, but this may assist as part of an overall understanding of the history of the area.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, August 5, 8:10 PM

Some of the histories in maps is helpful in realising the complexities of the issues.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 3:10 PM

With the increasing amount of information online it can be misleading at times. I do believe this is a useful collection of maps however I feel people looking at it might get trapped in a pitfall. After looking at these 40 maps a person could feel that this is all there is to know about this subject. Yes it is informative to have this information together but it should just be the start of the conversation not the end. So often we want quick google searches with definite answers,

when some topics require a lot of research from different sources. The reader needs to make up their own pool of knowledge.

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Aboard a Cargo Colossus

Aboard a Cargo Colossus | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The world’s biggest container ships, longer than the Eiffel Tower is high, are a symbol of an increasingly global marketplace. But they also face strong economic headwinds.
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Cargo containers have hanged global trade

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How not to be ignorant about the world

How not to be ignorant about the world | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.
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Ethnocentricism makes our impressions about the rest of the world wrong.

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These 8 places in Europe could be the next to try for independence

These 8 places in Europe could be the next to try for independence | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
And that's just scratching the surface.
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More devolutionary forces may result from these efforts to gain independence. Scotland voted NO, but who will be the first to vote YES?

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